A discussion about some of the underlying biochemical imbalances that may present as mental health symptoms. Looking at inherited, epigenetic and environmental triggers that can cause neurotransmitter imbalances that can lead to the common presentations such as violence, anxiety, depression, ODD, OCD etc. Treatment of these imbalances is mainly supplementation with vitamins and minerals and control of the environment, and works well with patients’ existing medications and may improve efficacy.
The brain is an information processing machine adjusting itself to the environment. Information processing can be defined as reducing uncertainty. It has been suggested that the brain developed from an evolutionary point of view once living creatures started moving around in a changing and thus uncertain environment.
Dr Natalie Challis has found that effective treatment of Neurobehavioural disorders require a 4 pillared approach: Brain – QEEG and an individualised Loreta Neurofeedback protocol, Body – The clinical application of functional neurology focuses on regulating the activity of the brain, which stimulates changes throughout the nervous system, Behaviour – Working with an educational specialist, and a psychologist, to reinforce the neurological change into behaviour and Balance – Both the gut and brain originate early in embryogenesis from the same clump of tissue, which divides during fetal development.